The Ira and Mary Zepp Center for Nonviolence and Peace Education
Dr. Charles Collyer and Dr. Pamela Zappardino, Co-Directors


Bernard LaFayette, Jr.,
Distinguished Senior Scholar-in-Residence, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA


Historical & Educational Civil Rights Tour

Thursday, January 5, 2017 – Sunday, January 8, 2017

Atlanta, Georgia; Montgomery, Birmingham, Tuskegee, and Selma, Alabama 

Buses are a comin’, oh yeah!     And we’re gonna be on them…
It's that time of year again...Time to start thinking about what you're going to do for excitement after the holidays.   Don't want to suffer from those January blues? We can fix you right up.

Join us on the Zepp Center's annual Civil Rights Tour, this year starting in Atlanta and then heading on to Montgomery, Birmingham, Tuskegee, and Selma Alabama. 

We will meet at the Atlanta Airport (Southwest and some other airlines fly there pretty cheaply!) early on Tuesday morning, January 5, and will be back there to catch our flights home on FridayJanuary 8. Return flights should be booked for 5 pm or later.  In between...well...  more will happen in four days than you can imagine.  

You will ride through the Deep South on a the Freedom Riders did in 1961...and even travel some of that same route. In Montgomery, you’ll stand where Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, sparking a bus boycott that brought Civil Rights into the national spotlight and learning the back story of that effort.


You’ll walk the paths of the Birmingham Movement, through Kelly Ingraham Park, in the shadow of dogs and water cannons. You will learn the campaign’s goal and strategies, its successes, the tragedy of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, and how the efforts here led to the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

 You will visit Selma, where you will cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in the footsteps of the Bloody Sunday marchers, walking for the right to vote.  Past and present will come closer as voting rights come back into today’s news. In Tuskegee, you’ll learn about George Washington Carver’s efforts to education African American students at a time when doing so could be a dangerous thing.

Back in Atlanta, we'll spend time at the King Center Complex and Ebenezer Baptist Church, see where Dr. King was born and grew up, and have the opportunity to walk the streets of Sweet Aburun. The Civil Rights movement will come alive for you in a personal way and nonviolence will become much more than a word. You will see fascinating things and learn an amazing amount of stuff. 

But it is the people that you will remember most.  We don't know yet who we will meet on our journey...but they will give you insights into the past, and inspire you in the present. 


You will get to know Bernard Lafayette (worth the trip in and of itself!)  and hear his first-hand accounts of the Movement.  Bernard will have you laughing and singing as well.

You'll find new friends on the bus...and new conversations that will continue long after you return home.  This will be our 19th tour...and we are still as excited as we were about our first.   Each one is unique...and we wouldn't miss it. 

Join us!  And feel free to pass this invitation along to students and friends who might be interested.  And let us know you are coming as well.  If you have a problem meeting the deadline dates for payment, let us know.  If the cost is a problem, don't let that stop you.  Let us know and we will help you brainstorm possibilities.  The Zepp Center also has some scholarship money that we can make available to help you with expenses.  We will work with you to make things happen. 

So.... write back and tell us you'll be "on the bus" in January

TOUR COST: $485.00 per person. Deposit of $250.00 (nonrefundable) due Nov 9, 2016 or ASAP; balance due Dec. 9, 2016 Make check or money order payable to DDK Tour and mail to:

3996 Brookside Parkway
Decatur, GA 30034

** Include your name, address, phone number and email.
COST INCLUDES: Transportation from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta, GA. (Pick up 10:00 a.m.1/5/17 and return 1/8/17 3:00 p.m. Book return flights for 5 pm or later.): 3 nights hotel (double occupancy) and breakfast, tour booklet, luxury bus ground transportation, museum fees, and speaker honorariums. 

For additional information contact Dr. Charles Collyer, 401-258-9834 , Dr. Pamela Zappardino

or DDK Tour,  


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